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NTSB Posts Update on Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Investigation

By Marc Boucher
November 12, 2014
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NTSB Investigative Update on Crash of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo
“The National Transportation Safety Board issued an investigative update today into the crash of SpaceShip Two on Oct. 31, 2014, in Mojave, Calif.
– The on-scene portion of the investigation into the crash of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, a test flight conducted by Scaled Composites, has concluded and all NTSB investigators have returned to Washington, DC.
– The SpaceShipTwo wreckage has been recovered and is being stored in a secure location for follow-on examination.
– The NTSB operations and human performance investigators interviewed the surviving pilot on Friday. According to the pilot, he was unaware that the feather system had been unlocked early by the copilot. His description of the vehicle motion was consistent with other data sources in the investigation. He stated that he was extracted from the vehicle as a result of the break-up sequence and unbuckled from his seat at some point before the parachute deployed automatically.”

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